Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

David Moyes: Sunderland will only accept 'really big' offers for Jordan Pickford

When asked about the possibility of Pickford leaving Sunderland, Moyes said: "It would need to be a really, really big offer".

Pickford made 11 saves in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday and after the match, Arsene Wenger praised his performance.

Eager to reiterate that the 23-year-old has no relegation release clause akin to the one that is likely to see prolific veteran striker Jermain Defoe depart for free this summer, Moyes criticised the low figures recently bandied around in the media and insisted that it would take a sizeable offer to tempt Sunderland into selling their most prized asset. "We don't want to sell Jordan, but if we have to sometime on the journey, which sometimes you have to, to reinvest, it would have to take very big money".

Pressed on whether a fee in the region of £30m would represent a fair valuation of Pickford, Moyes replied: 'Yes'.

The Daily Mail claim Everton are preparing an opening offer of £15million for Pickord, but Moyes has told his former club to double it at least.

"But I have heard some really derisory sort of figures getting mentioned, and it wouldn't be any of those figures, I can tell you that".

Pickford's performance against Arsenal was all the more impressive given it came after an uncharacteristic error days earlier against Swansea, the young stopper unable to reach Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick before Fernando Llorente turned home. The other night he was fantastic against Arsenal. "I'm almost back to a peak point of injuries again".

"Jordan had probably been the only person who had hardly made a mistake the whole season, he had been so good".

"Nearly everything was flawless and we will need him again this weekend at Chelsea".

Moyes will sit down with owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain next week to further discuss the blueprint he has handed over suggesting the way forward for the club, and the extent to which Short accepts his plan and is prepared to back it could determine his continued presence in the job.

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